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Norm Pattis: Defense Bar Seething Over Attorney's Suspension

By Norm Pattis |

Criminal defense lawyers are lone wolves. We represent individual clients, one at a time, in sometime ferocious struggles over their lives and liberty. That requires the ability to go it alone, both in the courtroom, and, more generally, in life.

Jury Awards $7.3 Million for Death of DOT Supervisor

By Christian Nolan |

A Hartford jury has awarded nearly $7.3 million to the estate of a state Department of Transportation supervisor who was killed while working on Route 8 near Waterbury in 2012.

Lawyer Suspended 20 Days, Accuses Judge of 'Double Standard'

By Isaac Avilucea |

New Haven criminal defense attorney John Williams faces a 20-day suspension for "willfully" violating a judge's order during a criminal trial that ended in his client's conviction.

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Lawyer's Book Says Conn. Should Slash Prison Population

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

It's not every day that red-state Texas is pointed out as a paragon for reform that blue-state Connecticut should emulate.

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Lawsuits Allege Sex Abuse, Cover-Up at Private School

By Isaac Avilucea |

Christopher Simonds was a chain-smoking, charismatic English teacher at Indian Mountain School. He was also a "god," according to one of the former teacher's accusers.

Trucking Company Loses $7.3 Million Wrongful Death Suit

By Christian Nolan |

A Hartford jury has awarded nearly $7.3 million to the estate of a state Department of Transportation supervisor who was killed while working on Route 8 near Waterbury in 2012.

FBI Agent Sues Over Alleged Mistreatment at Conn. Office

By The Associated Press |

FBI bosses retaliated against an agent for complaining about personnel decisions, managed by fear and were so dysfunctional that the bureau's director apologized to the Connecticut staff for problems with local leadership, according to a lawsuit filed by an agent.

Republicans Sue Over Malloy Campaign Contributions

By Jay Stapleton |

One of the most controversial legal issues to emerge in the contested race for governor this election season has been whether contributions made to national party accounts can be used to fund state election campaigns.

Biden's Son's Alleged Drug Use Leads to Questions About Conn. Bar License

By Associated Press |

Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, faces no automatic review of his law license in Connecticut following his discharge from the U.S. Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine use, Connecticut legal authorities said.

Beleaguered Police Department Now Faces Wrongful Death Claim

By Isaac Avilucea |

The town of Enfield faces yet another lawsuit—this one a wrongful death claim—linked to allegations of excessive force by a town police officer.

Conn. Boarding School Faces Second Sex Abuse Lawsuit

By Isaac Avilucea |

A Connecticut boarding school has been hit with its second lawsuit in a little more than a week accusing a former faculty member of sexually assaulting students in the 1980s.

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Mark Dubois: Market Forces Reshape Legal Advertising

By Mark Dubois |

Some time ago I was cleaning out a desk and found a copy of the old (and now illegal) minimum fee schedule.

Conn. Construction Company Appeals $16 Million Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A Connecticut construction company on the hook for a nearly $16 million verdict in Pennsylvania is planning to appeal, according to a company spokeswoman.

Opinion: Involuntary Commitment Proposal Has Drawbacks

By Jan VanTassel |

Involuntary outpatient commitment is a complex and controversial issue that has been considered and rejected by the Connecticut General Assembly on at least three occasions since 1996.

Major Firm Adds Four Attorneys To Conn. Offices

By Jay Stapleton |

One Hartford-based law firm continues to expand its lawyer head count with the addition of five new associates, including four of them in Connecticut offices.

'Creative' Defense Alleges Medical Marijuana Law Has Muddied State Drug Policy

By Jay Stapleton |

It was only a matter of time before the state's law regarding medical marijuana crossed paths with state labor law.

State Seeks To Rein In Incarcerated and Suspended Attorneys

By Jay Stapleton |

It may come as a surprise, but a handful of Connecticut attorneys who have been suspended from the practice of law and even incarcerated for financial crimes have continued to advise clients from behind the scenes.

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Business Concerns Drive Energy-Related Lawsuits

By Jay Stapleton |

As the nation as a whole and individual states take aggressive steps to promote cleaner energy sources, the vigorous public policy debate appears to be spilling into courtrooms.

Court To Decide Whether Children Can Make Loss of Consortium Claims

By Christian Nolan |

The family of a man who was killed after being struck by a hotel shuttle van is arguing that the Connecticut Supreme Court should overturn a 16-year-old precedent and allow loss of consortium damages for children as well as for spouses in wrongful death cases.

Accident Leaves Plaintiff With 10 Cracked Ribs and $252,000

By Christian Nolan |

A man who suffered 10 cracked ribs and a concussion, and also aggravated preexisting neck and back injuries, was recently awarded nearly $252,500 by a judge trial referee.

Lawsuit Accuses Popeye's Chicken of Cheating Workers Out of Overtime Pay

By Jay Stapleton |

A lawsuit filed against Pure Foods Management, which operates 37 Popeye's restaurants throughout the Northeast, claims workers were systematically deprived of overtime.

Conn. Court Upholds Warrantless Search of Bedroom

By Christian Nolan |

Said Kendrick was convicted of criminal possession of a revolver in 2009. The gun was used in a New Jersey homicide by an accomplice.

Inmate's Lawsuit Challenges State Ban on Porn in Prisons

By Law Tribune Staff and Wire Reports |

A convicted murder who fancies himself a Renaissance artist is suing prison officials in Connecticut for not allowing him access to sexually explicit books.

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Dan Krisch: Supreme Court Shows Reluctance in Exercising Power

By Dan Krisch |

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard argument in two appeals, Heinen v. North Carolina and Holt v. Hobbs, in which the court wrestled with the limits of its own authority.

In-House Legal Departments of the Year Awards

Retired vice president and counsel Dennis Mayer devoted most of his legal career to making sure that Otis Elevator has had more ups than downs. You can read about his accomplishments – and those of in-house lawyers at Connecticut companies such as United Technologies, Hubbell Corp. and Pitney Bowes – in articles highlighting winners of the Law Tribune’s Legal Departments of the Year awards.

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Norm Pattis: FBI Agent's Suit Notable for Anger and Pettiness

By Norm Pattis |

I'm not a fan of the Justice Department, so I ought to be rooting for Kurt Siuzdak, a 17-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who has filed suit against Attorney General Eric Holder.

Major Firm Launches Philanthropy Practice Group

By Jay Stapleton |

A veteran lawyer in the area of estate planning and complex tax issues will head up a new philanthropy practice group at Wiggin and Dana.

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Mark Dubois: Despite Best Efforts, Lawyers Can't Fill 'Justice Gap'

By Mark Dubois |

Anyone who has attended a session of the small claims, housing or family court lately is fully aware that great numbers of our citizens come to court every day without lawyers.

Making Diversity Part of Corporate DNA

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

For being ahead of the curve, and staying there, the Connecticut Law Tribune is honoring Pitney Bowes with a Legal Departments of the Year Award for diversity. Pitney Bowes employs 26 lawyers, with 19 of those located in Connecticut.

Three Supreme Court Justices Return to Yale this Weekend

By Jay Stapleton |

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been known for being reclusive, and for a time he shunned events at his alma mater in New Haven, Yale Law School.

Bank Settles Data Breach Case with Conn., Other States

By Christian Nolan |

TD Bank has agreed to pay an $850,000 settlement with nine states, including Connecticut, to resolve an investigation into a 2012 data breach that affected thousands of consumers.

The Value of Active Engagement

By Jay Stapleton |

For developing a successful approach that's served as a model for other companies, UTC's legal department is being recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune as a Legal Department of the Year for 2014 in the category of outside firm management.

A Career With More Ups Than Downs

By Jay Stapleton |

Riding an elevator was never something that Dennis Mayer took for granted. Without them, vertical ascent in many tall buildings would be either impossible or painstakingly slow. The development of the world's largest cities depended on the invention of the elevator.

Ticket Seller, Theater Settle Defamation Case

An online ticket sales company has dropped a defamation lawsuit against a Hartford theater and its president just before the case went to trial, with the two sides agreeing to work together to benefit ticket buyers.

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Election Law Practices Heat Up As Campaigns Hit Home Stretch

By Jay Stapleton |

With a super-tight race for governor, dozens of legislative and local contests on the ballot and less than a month to go before Election Day, lawyers who advise candidates and political causes say their practices are heating up.

Cultivating an Ivy League Culture

By Isaac Avilucea |

Yale brass turned to university general counsel Dorothy Robinson to successfully quarterback its response to the massive probe. Years later, as Robinson nears retirement from a post she's held for 29 years, she reflected on the investigation and Yale's coordinated response. "It was a serious situation that called for a very serious and capable response," said Robinson, whose legal acumen on behalf of Yale over the past three decades has earned her a Connecticut Law Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jazzed Up About Giving Back

By Christian Nolan |

For its wide-ranging volunteer efforts, United Healthcare has been named winner of the Connecticut Law Tribune Legal Departments of the Year Pro Bono Award.

Amended Lawsuit Accuses State of Treating Transgender Teen Like Boy

By Associated Press |

A 16-year-old transgender girl being held at a boys' detention center alleged that staff members are repeatedly referring to her by her male birth name and male pronouns, forcing her to wear boys' uniforms and banning her from wearing her wig and makeup.

TicketNetwork Defamation Lawsuit Headed to Trial

By Associated Press |

An online ticket sales company that settled deceptive business practice allegations by government regulators for $750,000 in July is headed to trial in its defamation lawsuit against a Hartford theater and its president.

Conn. Bar Foundation Executive Director Announces Retirement

By Jay Stapleton |

Sandy Klebanoff has announced that she will retire next spring after nearly 20 years as the executive director of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

Conn. Killer's Kosher Request Illustrates National Debate

By Isaac Avilucea |

Here in Connecticut, convicted Cheshire home invasion murderer Steven Hayes recently made headlines when he sued the state for access to kosher food because, he claims, he is now an Orthodox Jew.

Proposed Rule Change Would Prevent Jailed Lawyers From Practicing

By Jay Stapleton |

Some Connecticut attorneys who have been suspended from the practice of law have continued to practice from behind the scenes - and even from behind bars.

Growing Business From Within

By Christian Nolan |

When Hubbell Inc. brought in An-Ping Hsieh as vice president and general counsel of the company two years ago, it did so with the expectation of making significant changes. Now just two years later, Hubbell's legal department has nearly doubled in staff size and has started branching out from its Shelton headquarters by placing two attorneys in South Carolina. When Hsieh took the job, Hubbell had five lawyers. Now it has nine and has trimmed a lot of the work that used to go to outside counsel at the various law firms Hubbell work with. Because of its success managing this growth, Hubbell's legal department is being recognized with a Legal Department of the Year Award for 2014 in the category of management of in-house counsel by the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Gun Dispute Has State Agencies Squaring Off in Court

By Christian Nolan |

Two state agencies are battling in court over whether a Derby man should be allowed to get his gun permit back.

An Educational Resource for Teachers

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The ambitious outreach effort has earned the legal services department for the 43,000-member association a Legal Department of the Year Award from the Connecticut Law Tribune.

DCF Settles Lawsuits with Employee Placed on Abuse Registry

By Associated Press |

Five employees who had their names added to a child abuse registry as a form of discipline by Connecticut's child welfare agency will be taken off the list, union officials told The Associated Press.

Editorial: Courts Should Improve Management of Divorce Trials

When it comes to trial management, there are aspects of divorce trials that deserve special attention and consideration.

Attorneys Say Alimony Policies Cause IRS Nightmare

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

In about half of the high-end divorce cases in Connecticut, lawyers and their clients have enjoyed the benefits of a tax rule that does not require couples to separate child support and alimony.

Editorial: Misplaced Furor Over Guardians Ad Litem

In recent months, some parents have railed out against both guardians ad litem and judges in family courts, alleging abuses by both. Perhaps some of their accusations are true, but many, probably most, are not.

Most Probate Judges Face No Opposition on Ballot

By Christian Nolan |

Though the Connecticut governor's race has attracted far more attention, 54 district probate judge positions are up for election early next month.

Inmates Challenge State's Prison Porn Ban

By Isaac Avilucea |

A Connecticut inmate thinks he should have access to books depicting nudity. State prison officials refuse to allow the books because they violate an administrative directive banning pornography.